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Janesville KinderCare

Ms. Julie Smith, Center Director

3327 East Milwaukee St. Janesville WI 53546
(608) 755-9970 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Kennedy, Harrison, Monroe

Welcome

We are excited to welcome you to our KinderCare in Janesville, Wisconsin. Our center has been in Janesville for over 29 years. KinderCare staff members are dedicated and professional with an abundance of experience due to longevity of employment. We are a center with few staff turnovers as a result; we can build strong relationships with families and children. Our mission is to fulfill your child’s every need with programs that are enriched with learning experiences to develop his or her social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development. Furthermore, our teachers use play as a learning tool so your child can experience hands-on learning, and your child will thrive with our teachers' encouraging, loving, and gently reinforced guidance. Four principles we focus on at KinderCare are active exploration, initiating learning, learning through open-ended experiences, and helping facilitate your child’s learning. KinderCare in Janesville believes that each and every child has the opportunity to develop their own talents and interests along with a joyful experience within their classrooms and our wonderful staff members.

Ms. Julie Smith, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

Accreditation

Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

Monthly Activities

June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Cooking

The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.

Math

The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.

Teachers & Staff

  • Ms. Julie Smith

    Ms. Julie Smith, Center Director

    What I love most about working in early childhood education is seeing the expressions on the children's faces as they accomplish something new for the first time, sharing meaningful moments with the families, and knowing that we are building a strong foundation for their future education.

    Ms. Julie has been the Center Director since 2006. She finished her administration credential through the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee in 2009. She is inspired most by coming to work each day and building strong relationships with our staff, families, and children.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1993
    Tenure:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24
    Education:
    Administrator's Credential
  • Ms. Tammy

    Ms. Tammy, Assistant Director

    Ms. Tammy has been the Assistant Director since 2010. She finished her bachelor's degree in early education administration from Ashford University in 2013. What Ms. Tammy loves most about working in this field is how she can make a difference for families and their children by providing resources that can build a strong base for their future endeavors. What inspires her to come to KinderCare each day is the wonderful staff, families, and children.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1996
    Tenure:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education; Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education Administration
  • Ms. Angela

    Ms. Angela, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Angela's philosophy for learning is that each child is unique, and each child learns in a different way. She believes that one of her jobs as a provider is to help your child discover his or her individuality and work alongside them to maximize it. She chose this career so that she can make a difference in a child's life and because this is what she has always loved to do. She enjoys spending time reading, vacationing with her family, and gardening. Her family consists of her husband of seven years, Mzee, and their three children, DeVontae who 16, Sasha who is 11, and Amani who is six.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Angela has 14 years experience as an early childhood educator and has worked with all ages.
    Year Started:
    12/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    14
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Danielle

    Ms. Danielle, Infant Classroom

    What inspires me to come to work every day is listening to the happy sounds in my classroom.

    Ms. Danielle has been working for KinderCare for thirteen wonderful years and is currently working in the Toddler Classroom. She received her associate's degree in early childhood education in 2011. Her favorite activity to do with the children in the classroom is art. Ms. Danielle has a wonderful husband and two loving children, Jacob and Athena.

    Year Started:
    5/15/2001
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Laura

    Ms. Laura, Toddler Classroom

    I love watching the children learn and grow from the experiences they have at KinderCare every day.

    Ms. Laura was born and raised in Janesville, Wisconsin. She attended Craig High School. After high school, she attended MATC in Madison, Wisconsin for two years. Ms. Laura has been married for three years and has a 21-month-old son. She has been with KinderCare Old Sauk for five years and just recently moved to Janesville to be closer to her family. Ms. Laura is looking forward to all the new friendships she will be making here at the Janesville KinderCare!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Laura worked at a Montessori Daycare for three years.
    Year Started:
    9/15/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Megan

    Ms. Megan, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Megan has been working for KinderCare since September of 2014. She received her early education associate's degree from Blackhawk Technical College. In addition, Ms. Megan has experience working in special education.  

    Year Started:
    9/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Miki

    Ms. Miki, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    "Early childhood education is such an important part of every child's life. I love being able to watch the children master different developmental milestones. I am also so fortunate to work with such wonderful, supportive staff. They, along with my lovely children, are the reason I look forward to coming to work each day.

    Ms. Miki has been with KinderCare for 17 years: two in Arizona and 15 years here in Janesville. She received her early childhood education degree in Tokyo, Japan, where she was born. There, she taught children for four years. Ms. Miki met and married her husband in Japan and moved to the United States. She is very passionate about seeing the progress and growth of children.

    Year Started:
    4/12/1999
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Keesha

    Ms. Keesha, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Keesha has been working at KinderCare for one and a half years. Her passion has always been to educate children. She is currently finishing her associate's degree in early childhood education through Rasmussen College. After obtaining her associate's degree, she will be working toward her bachelor’s degree. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault

    Year Started:
    4/14/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Rachel

    Ms. Rachel, Preschool Classroom

    "I love the children's smiling faces and the unconditional love they give.

    Ms. Rachel has been working in child care for eight and a half years. She received a bachelor's degree in early childhood education in 2011 from Kendall College. When she thinks about her future, all Ms. Rachel can see is herself teaching children. It's all she has ever wanted to do. When Ms. Rachel is not working with kids, she likes to go shopping and do just about anything that is active. She enjoys walking her dogs and scrapbooking.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Rachel has previous experience working at two other private centers for over eight years.
    Year Started:
    12/9/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Ashley L.

    Ms. Ashley L., P4J Classroom

    I love nurturing and helping the children in my classroom grow. I also enjoy making special bonds with the children and their families to create the best possible transition between home and school.

    Ms. Ashley has always enjoyed being a role model for young children. She began babysitting early in her teen years. While in college, she was a nanny for twins, then began working at a private daycare for two years before joining the KinderCare team in September of 2014. She has an associate's degree in elementary education from the University of Wisconsin at Rock County as well as an associate's degree in early childhood education from Blackhawk Technical College. In her free time, she enjoys boating, shopping, and spending time with her family.

    Year Started:
    9/24/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Latrice

    Ms. Latrice, Prekindergarten Classroom / Cook

    "I believe that KinderCare's approach to work acts in the best interest of the children and the school, and I promote good teaching practices that impact positively on children's learning.

    Ms. Latrice has been working at KinderCare since February of 2014. She has an associate's degree in early childhood education and is currently attending Ashford University for her bachelor's degree in early childhood education administration. Ms. Latrice has experience in the Infant, Toddler and Preschool classrooms. It has been a very exciting experience for Ms. Latrice working with children, as well as our wonderful staff.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Latrice has previous experience teaching at a private school in Chicago, Illinois.
    Year Started:
    2/24/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Associate of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education Administration
  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, Prekindergarten Classroom

    There's never a dull moment.

    Ms. Sarah has been with KinderCare for sixteen years and she is proud to say that she is a lifer here. She is very grateful that KinderCare supports and encourages her with all of her goals. Ms. Sarah has experience working with infants, toddlers, children in preschool and prekindergarten, with Health and Safety, and in Assistant Director and Coordinator positions. Teaching is her niche and Ms. Sarah absolutely loves it. She loves teaching children new ideas and helping them accomplish their goals. She enjoys being a huge part of any child's life. They have have such a blast every day.

    Year Started:
    3/3/1998
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, School Age / P4J Classrooms

    Ms. Nicole has worked for Knowledge Learning Corporation for seven years and has 11 years of experience in early childhood education. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in early childhood education from the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater in 2007. She enjoys reading, shopping, and spending time with her five-year-old daughter and her husband. At KinderCare, Ms. Nicole teaches the four-year-old Kindergarten program during the school year and then teaches the School Age program during the summer. She enjoys everything that she does and finds it especially gratifying knowing that she helps build the foundation to many children's education.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Nicole worked at a private center for three years and as a substitute for the Janesville and Beloit School Districts for two years.
    Year Started:
    3/29/2010
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Ashley G

    Ms. Ashley G, Floater

    "My favorite part about working at KinderCare is being able to celebrate a child's accomplishments and share the progress with their parents.

    Ms. Ashley spent several years assisting in dance classes for children under the age of five. That's when she decided that kindergarten or preschool was what she really wanted to teach. She then spent a semester in Ms. Nicole's P4J classroom as a student teacher in order to obtain an associate's degree. She loved being at KinderCare and jumped at the opportunity to work here. Ms. Ashley loves coming into the classroom every day to the children's excited squeals and occasional hugs. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ashley has experience student teaching for one semester.
    Year Started:
    11/28/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Sam

    Ms. Sam, Floater

    Ms. Sam was born and raised in Janesville, Wisconsin. She spent the last two summers working as a camp counselor for the city of Janesville. This summer she decided she wanted to gain more experience working in a classroom setting so she chose to work at KinderCare. Ms. Sam is currently in the process of obtaining her master's degree in counseling from the University of Whitewater. Ms. Sam believes in each child and loves to help them learn and grow. 

    Year Started:
    6/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1

Upcoming Center Activities

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June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

About Our Center

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Japanese

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

In addition to your child’s learning experience here at KinderCare, we also provide a safe and clean environment for your child. Our teachers follow a regiment of daily cleaning with the use of Lysol products. We follow our state health and safety policies and use universal precautions.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

My son attends “school” at KinderCare in Janesville, Wisconsin in the Two-Year-Old Classroom. His primary teachers are Ms. Miki and Ms. Rachel. I wanted to let you know that words cannot express my sincerest gratitude and appreciation for the care my son has received at KinderCare. I started him in full-time day care in January 2013. My mother had been his primary daycare provider up to this point and, of course, I had a very difficult time making the decision to place him in the care of “strangers.” Despite her offering to continue caring for Mason, I felt he needed more structure and socializing (even though this meant I would have to pay for child care for the first time). From the moment I spoke with Ms. Julie on the phone to arrange my first visit, to my daily interactions with his teachers, I have been overwhelmed with pride, comfort, and joy. The progress my son is making in his learning, his social skills, his language skills, and his ability to deal with his emotions, is far beyond anything I could have imagined. His teachers are wonderful in working with me personally and professionally. They have helped me work through my personal struggles with rearing my son and have even provided a shoulder to cry on when I felt like nothing was going right. They have been flexible and understanding as we’ve tried various dietary experiments, and have been unbelievably patient and disciplined in making sure he wears his eye patch the prescribed time each and every day. Words cannot express how overly happy and grateful I am to everyone at KinderCare in Janesville. Ms. Julie, Ms. Tammy, Ms. Miki, Ms. Rachel, Ms. Lori, and Ms. Ashley have been angels sent from heaven. I know my son is great hands. In the morning when I drop him off, he transitions very well, and in the afternoons when I pick him up he’s full of energy and excitement as he spends the rest of the night talking about what he did and how much fun he had. As a mom working full time in health care, I understand that customer service drives business. I also realize that too many times we are very quick to criticize, but rarely offer words of appreciation. I know there was a survey recently provided to parents allowing us to express our concerns. I appreciate the ability to provide feedback and I am also comforted in knowing that our feedback is taken seriously. Beyond the standard survey, however, I would just like to share my utmost satisfaction with every aspect of KinderCare Janesville. Please be sure to acknowledge the fantastic work these teachers and caregivers do each and every day. I know I could never do their job and the comfort of knowing that my child is in such great care means so much more than I could express in a survey. Thank you, thank you, thank you, to everyone (but especially to Ms. Miki and Ms. Rachel)!

- Mother
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